Unlike in the past, people with disabilities are recognized today and are less discriminated against. In many countries, there are laws that protect them and make their lives a little easier. In addition, many public buildings have been designed or renovated to accommodate people with disabilities.
With all of these improvements, people with disabilities can now travel for vacation or business travel to places far from their homes. However, with all these improvements we have made, traveling for people with disabilities remains a challenge for them, especially when traveling alone or when traveling to an unknown destination. Below is a guide to help people with all forms of disability travel safely.
1. Plan well in advance
Planning is the key to any form of success. This is very important because it reduces the chances of getting stuck and being inconvenienced. Booking flights and hotel rooms is top priority, however if you are going to be staying with a friend or relative; Notifying them in advance is very important. Then they can be prepared and even pick you up from the airport.
2. Book hotels adapted for people with disabilities
Hotels with structures adapted for people with disabilities are very practical because they allow people with disabilities to move around freely with a minimum of effort. Most of these hotels also have special emergency protocols which ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind in an emergency, unlike some hotels where these issues are ignored.
3. Use a travel agency that offers travel packages for travelers with disabilities
Booking flights and hotel rooms with travel agencies that provide travel solutions for people with disabilities is beneficial in several ways. They make sure to book airlines and disabled hotels for their disabled customers. They strive to offer services and suggestions that will allow their customers to travel comfortably.
4. Understand and know your rights at the airport
Trips for people with disabilities are very hectic, especially when they arrive at the airport. They are faced with the challenge of obtaining appropriate information and instruction. This is further compounded by the large number of travelers and the long queues. At airports, there are attendants who are supposed to meet the needs of people traveling with a disability.
Travelers with disabilities should not, and are not, treated any differently when going through security measures. They are also protected against any form of discrimination from any airline. Travelers with disabilities are advised to be very aware of their rights to avoid and report all forms of discrimination when traveling.
5. Bring extra medication
It is okay to carry an extra dose of medicine while traveling. People lose their luggage while traveling, so having an extra dose will act as a backup when a dose is lost. It also ensures that when traveling, a person with a disability does not run out of medication, forcing them to look for a pharmacy when traveling. These drugs must be stored properly to ensure their safety.
6. Take note of a doctor and your contact details when traveling
A doctor’s note contains important information about a condition that a person with a disability is facing and it will help doctors save a lot of time on testing in an emergency. Your doctor’s contact details allow other doctors to get important information from your doctor when needed. This small but vital information can save lives.
7. Use direct flights
It is very hectic and tedious for a disabled traveler to use connecting flights. Using connecting flights exposes them to lost baggage and even injury when getting on and off a plane. Using a direct flight reduces all of these risks and saves a lot of time and energy when traveling. Direct flights also ensure that people traveling with a disability are not stranded at an airport while waiting for a connecting flight.
8. Travelers with disabilities are advised to know where they are going.
There is nothing more difficult than looking for directions to a place you don’t know. This is even more difficult for travelers with disabilities, so it is advisable to have at least some knowledge and understanding of their destination. This will give them an edge when traveling and the knowledge to know where to go and where not to go. This will come in handy when they are stranded or experiencing an emergency and need urgent assistance.
9. Carry the appropriate luggage
Travelers with disabilities are advised to carry luggage that they can handle when traveling. Unless you have company, traveling with a huge amount of luggage is not easy. Traveling lightly allows disabled travelers to be more flexible in the face of situations that arise, and a large amount of luggage can also get lost easily.
10. Enjoy your travels
Many people with disabilities do not travel often due to many limitations that discourage them. However, modern technology guarantees safe travel for everyone, regardless of their condition. Travel should be enjoyed by everyone, as it is a chance to experience new things that are different from what they are used to.